by Nejmii Mahomed
AS My friend si’ Smit’, er Smeeth has written often in previous articles in Bodwyn Wook, the Modern Age is over. This means in other words the Renaissance civilization that dates back to Italy and Michelangelo and Columbus. What Dr C G Jung (pbuh) pointed out is that an eon is also over. Eons are larger time-frames in which a variety of civilizations take their course. All of these civilizations take their primary impulses from the struggle to reconcile individual tribal linguistic and mythical traditions with some larger all-embracing dominant myth. Larger aggregations of humanity enjoy for a time new gains in knowledge as they work out ways of living together in larger and diverse numbers. Then physical entropy makes its claim, the “noise” in the society or civilization overcomes coherence, and everything “goes straight to Hell!” as si’ Smit, er, Smeeth tells me the Eagle Lake-Madison Lake rustics put it in his home-country of Southern Minnesota. Hence we are now at the end of the Christian eon which gave root and nourishment to both the Middle Ages and the Modern Age.
When an age is over (and all the more so when that age is the final stage of a larger and now-exhausted eon) it is simply a rule to state that all of the cultural products that arose within the forms of the age are likewise done-for. Thus we may safely state what is just so:
Whatever it is that we consciously mean when we say “science” is at an end.
To be sure people show a lot of stubborness and so we see lots of “new” technology still popping up. But this stuff is exactly that, it is so much “product” that we are able to refine maybe a little more. But that is all nothing but secondary elaboration of some principles such as the “uncertainty principle” in physics, itself now almost seventy years old. In other words these computers at which we toil everyday are old hat in the most basic sense. They only exist now because James Clerk Maxwell set out the mathematics of electricity away back in the nineteeth century. In a critical sense then our progress began to drag to a halt as long ago as that.
What we call science in fact now amounts to no more than another church, and this is shown by the fact that scientists (who should know better) even bother to get into arguments with other religious fundamentalists about such irreconciliable-seeming concepts as “evolution” and creationism. The very fact of participation in such debates is crude and uncultured because it is unscientific:
After all supposedly the well-trained scientist is supposed to know that one cannot compare apples and oranges, at least not beyond the terms set forth by actual botany.
But when an age is over, and still more when a whole eon is down the drain, this means that lots of junk is left behind — such as fights with religionists of the other denominations. This litter includes the products of human thought as well as the thoughts themselves. So what happens as history shows — in the middle of the usual horrors to be sure — is that the barbarized heirs of the past (we are the new barbarians — if you disagree, well, all I need ask is “how much Greek and Latin and Arabic and Sanskrit and Chinese do YOU know?”) find themselves turning over in their usually-dirty fingers the stuff of yesteryear which they can barely figure out how to use. Usually the goal of such fidgeting is to “fix” their enemies, and to “fix ’em up real good!” As time passes and ignorance grows, then, here and there a few individuals pick over the dwindling remnants of the past. And some of these start to think new thoughts as they puzzle with increasing bewilderment over the detritus of the past.
Now something interesting can happen as people return to the unfinished business of — the age-before-last:
WHATEVER Form science may take in the next five hundred years in other words will consist in a revival of the supposedly-discredited scholasticism of the Middle Ages. This will lead to the further development of pure thought and the objective employment of creative (NB) imaginal tools. Scholasticism exhausted the means available to it in the medieval world and had to await the discoveries in physical science especially in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Now we are surrounded by a clutter of electronics which, at least when compared to the steam locomotives of one hundred years ago, seem marvelously complex and “sophisticated’. But they are still crude contraptions on a molecular scale. Our computers in fact are nothing but a lot of rather fancy steam engines themselves inasmuch that is how the electricity is generated to run them! The advent in other words of so-called nanotechnology is the latest and truest indicator of the possibilities of a new age and eon — as human being evolves and passes beyond itself into a new realm of existence on a wholly subatomic scale. This is the “paradise” and the al-‘Abru and the Nirvana of the human heart of longing.
[Emmett R Smith
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[30 July 2006]